Just Groovin'

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Different people remember the 1960s in different ways. Jazz-pop singer Diane Marino treats them as a source of love songs on Just Groovin. Marino boasts some '60s influences in her singing, which owes a little to Dinah Washington in its deliberation and a little to Shirley Bassey in its manner, although Marino's style is essentially buoyant and happy; she practically sounds pleased with herself much of the time. That's not a bad feel to get into '60s love songs, but the problem with the album lies in the arrangements, also by Marino. Simply put, nearly every one is the same, with a piano-based jazz accompaniment leading to a similar-sounding horn solo. The soloists are...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Different people remember the 1960s in different ways. Jazz-pop singer Diane Marino treats them as a source of love songs on Just Groovin. Marino boasts some '60s influences in her singing, which owes a little to Dinah Washington in its deliberation and a little to Shirley Bassey in its manner, although Marino's style is essentially buoyant and happy; she practically sounds pleased with herself much of the time. That's not a bad feel to get into '60s love songs, but the problem with the album lies in the arrangements, also by Marino. Simply put, nearly every one is the same, with a piano-based jazz accompaniment leading to a similar-sounding horn solo. The soloists are estimable, with people like Kirk Whalum and Houston Person. But after awhile the approach becomes predictable. Thus, when the pattern is broken, the songs stand out. In particular, the duet with Felix Cavaliere who sang the original on "Groovin'" is welcome, along with Cavaliere's Hammond B-3 organ solo. And Anthony LaMarchina's cello on "Never My Love" pleases if only because it isn't another horn. The use of the horn soloists couldn't be more deliberate -- they even get credited on each song on the back cover. But the '60s, whatever one may think of them, was a time of experimentation and many different, even clashing styles. The '60s were never dull, but sometimes this album is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2008
  • Label: Easy Listening Label
  • UPC: 742187555323
  • Catalog Number: 75553
  • Sales rank: 328,086

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diane Marino Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Pat Coil Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Rod McGaha Trumpet, Guest Appearance
David Angell Strings, Violin
Cole Burgess Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Felix Cavaliere Hammond Organ, Vocals, Guest Appearance, Hammond B3
David Davidson Strings, Violin
Mark Douthit Alto Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Chris Dunn Trombone
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone, Guest Appearance
Anthony LaMarchina Strings, Cello, Guest Appearance
Sam Levine Saxophone
Doug Moffet Saxophone
Andy Reiss Guitar
Kirk Whalum Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Monisa Angell Strings, Viola
Mitch Reilly Saxophone
Dave Powelson Guitar
Bill Huber Trombone
Dann Sherrill Percussion
Jeff Steinberg Keyboards
Scott Ducaj Trumpet
Joe Gross Trumpet
Chris Brown Drums
Frank Marino Bass
Technical Credits
Brian Wilson Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Barbara Mason Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Don Addrisi Composer
Ralph Bass Composer
Felix Cavaliere Composer
Hal David Composer
Mark David Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Lowman Pauling Composer
Dick Addrisi Composer
Doug Wayne Mastering
Gary Dales Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ben Wright Art Direction
Jeff Steinberg Orchestration, Horn Arrangements
Diane Marino Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Barney Williams Composer
Frank Marino Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Just Groovin" : Classy, Top-Draw stuff!

    ~ SCOTT O'BRIEN SmoothJazz.Com<BR/>Scott O Brien s rules for covers: 1) Create fresh, unique versions; and 2) Make sure you retain the essence of the originals. If you want the perfect example of how to do this the right way- the stunningly compelling way- look no further than Nashville-based singer Diane Marino s new album JUST GROOVIN. This one is an absolute show-stopper! A dozen of my all-time favorite 60 s pop standards, from artists like The Beach Boys, Rascals and Ronettes, performed with sparkling jazz and big band arrangements. This is just an outstanding project and really a fun, fresh take on songs that are instantly recognizable to those of us who were around for the originals. Even if you re too young to remember the originals, these are still fantastic performances of great titles like Baby Im Yours and The Warmth of the Sun and the duet, Groovin, featuring The Rascals¿ Felix Cavaliere, the original singer of this pop classic. Add in guest appearances by sax men Kirk Whalum and Houston Person, plus trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and you have sealed the deal on one of the most enjoyable listens for me in a long time. Diane Marino s JUST GROOVIN- is classy, top-drawer stuff. I highly recommend it! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN SmoothJazz.Com

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